A case in point is a popular Mac cache cleaner app that promises to do everything a Mac needs to have done to ensure good health, whether it needs it or not. This app is truly a Swiss Army Knife-like app that does a little of everything.
Clean Caches, Catch Viruses
My first experience with Lion Cache Cleaner dates back a few Mac OS X versions. It might have been OS X Panther, or OS X Tiger, but cache cleaning has become the fun way to think your Mac’s performance can be improved.
Lion Cache Cleaner cleans Mac cache files. That makes your Mac run better, right? Not so fast. Your Mac also cleans many of those cache files automatically.
Another blade to LCC’s knife is the option repair permissions automatically after you install a new app. It even scans your Mac for viruses using the freeware app, ClamXav antivirus.
LCC claims to improve your Mac’s system performance by tuning specific internet and file cache settings. My Mac ran exactly the same afterwards as it did before.
It also creates RAM disks and can remove language files you may not need, and trim the fat code from apps developed using Universal Binaries (that saves disk space).
LCC also opens up a few hidden features in OS X. For example, use it to turn off the Mac’s Dashboard or Spotlight. Or, turn on a Login Items folder of apps you want to start up when the Mac starts ups.
Disasters being what they are, you never know when you’ll need an emergency startup disk, and Lion Cache Cleaner can build one for with a bootable installer DVD.
The whole LCC package is a more convenient and straightforward way to manage your Mac than bringing together a handful of free apps that do the same thing. ClamXav is available on the Mac App Store for free. Also free is Deeper, which does much of what LCC does in a simple to use app.
If you insist on using free apps to tweak your Mac, open up hidden features, and modify functionality, you can’t go wrong with Onyx or Maintenance.
After all that, Lion Cache Cleaner is good at what it does, easy to setup and use, the price tag is modest, and the feature list extensive. It also automates tasks so you can set it and forget it.